After a busy week, Sophie and I took Saturday to explore some sights of Paris. Everything was literally so beautiful, and I can’t wait to get my student card so we can explore the galleries and fully appreciate Paris for all that is is.
We started the day by walking from our place (2nd arrondissement) to the Place de l’Opéra (9th arrondissement). What really surprised me (and has been surprising me all week) is how close together mostly everything is in Paris. Everything is pretty much within walking distance, and walking around is a great way to get used to the area.
But on our way to the Place de l’Opéra, we got side tracked by several pretty buildings, bistros, bakeries etc- they were all so pretty!
Then, we were overwhelmed by the Jardin du Palais Royal. It was a really charming place, and it was so peaceful that it almost felt like a secret area. Sophie told me that a very French thing to do is to place an extra modern piece of art slap bang in the middle of something so historical- and it is always the cause of controversy (e.g. Louvre vs Pyramid. Do you catch my drift?)
This is also the case with The Colonnes de Buren at the Jardin. At first glance, I could really can see a sharp contrast between the two times. To this extent, they can be seen as out of place. But after a few seconds, you realise the atmosphere is fitting. In fact, the unexpectedness of it all is probably what makes it quite special.
Sophie then showed me the Rue de Rivoli, which is where all the great Paris shops are. We also saw the first ever Ladurée… we were so excited and everything just looked so tempting.
This area definitely seemed touristy, with loads of stalls/stands with typical Paris items, as well as several chocolate shops. I was surprised that the staff would give out chocolate/sweet samples when you went in, as I’m sure this wouldn’t be the case in London!
All in all, it was a great start to all things Paris, and I can’t wait to explore some more.
All photo credits to Sophie!